A 'Shot' of a Different Kind
Routine medical treatment of
soldiers was ongoing in the field.
Here members of 6 Platoon B
Company 5RAR are shown with armoured support during a meal break
while on operations in 1969.
To the amusement of a platoon onlooker,
PTE Trevor Carter (6 Platoon Medic) gives an injection to another
member of the platoon.
Carter, a volunteer National Serviceman, was choppered in to join
the battalion as a reinforcement rifleman in May 1969 in the middle
of an operation where he says he "wandered around the bush waiting
to be introduced to Charlie". Then he became the radio operator for
call sign 23 until wounded in action and evacuated on 18 August
1969, after which he returned to duty and given some basic training
to take over as the platoon medic. His instruction included the
following from the medical sergeant back at Nui Dat: "So you want to
practise giving an injection using an orange, eh? Why use an orange
when you got all these people here... Now stop shaking, you're
making me nervous."
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